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Bombshell in Polanski Case: Former Prosecutor Says He Lied in HBO Documentary About Advising Judge on Sending Polanski to Prison

Oct 1, 2009  •  Post A Comment

Marcia Clark, who famously prosecuted the O.J. Simpson case, writes in a blog on The Daily Beast that David Wells, who said in an HBO documentary about the Roman Polanski rape case the he told the judge how to get Polanski sent to jail, has recanted.

Clark writes, "What [Wells] told the director of the 2008 documentary "Roman Polanski: Wanted and Desired"—that he advised the judge in the case how to elegantly send Polanski to prison—gave Polanski’s lawyers an opening to try to dismiss the case last year."

That set off sparks in the L.A. DA’s office, leading to Polanski’s recent arrest in Switzerland.

Clark writes that: " ‘I lied,’ Wells told me yesterday, referring to his comments in the movie that he told the judge how he could renege on a plea-bargain agreement and send Polanski back to jail after he had been released from a 42-day psychiatric evalation—the heart of Polanski’s claims of prosecutorial and judicial misconduct. ‘I know I shouldn’t have done it, but I did. The director of the documentary told me it would never air in the States. I thought it made a better story if I said I’d told the judge what to do.’

–Chuck Ross 

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